Mr Matteo Morciano
MSc's student at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in Mechanical Engineering (advisors: Asinari Pietro and SK); BSc Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
I am currently studying a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Prior to this I did a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the same university. My bachelor's thesis dealt with high performance gearbox test benches characterized by an internal power recirculation, which was studied with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of this device. My current master's thesis (advisors: Asinari Pietro and SK) is focused on the study of fluid dynamics and rheological properties of fluids in nanoconfined geometries.
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Thus far I have had the great opportunity of being working in collaboration with the research group headed by Prof. Pietro Asinari at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Now, having got the scholarship "Master Thesis abroad", I am enjoying the exceptional opportunity of doing research in the Complex Multiscale Systems group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, headed by Prof. Serafim Kalliadasis. My current research is mainly focused on the theory of molecular dynamics and its applications to transport phenomena occurring at solid-liquid interfaces.
The study of the skin friction close to the walls is important to achieve a drag reduction and, therefore, a lower frictional energy dissipation at the solid-liquid interface. This may be particularly beneficial for either enhanced electronic cooling or micro/nanofluidic devices.
I am also interested in better understanding how the mass transport quantities of nanoconfined fluids are related to the heat transport ones (e.g. Nusselt number), as long as how the fluid layering at the interface and the viscosity distribution strongly affect both the thermal conductivity and thermal boundary resistance of the nanoconfined fluid.